The goal of this ministry focus paper was to develop a comprehensive strategy for selecting and developing pastoral leaders for CityLife Church. CityLife has a vision for church multiplication both throughout the city of Melbourne, Australia and, over time, in other cities around the world. It was argued that improved leadership development is one of the vital tasks necessary for the achievement of this vision.
This paper begins by painting a picture of the context in which CityLife Church exists. This includes an overview of the wider Pentecostal movement of which the church is a part and a description of the church as it now stands. Following this, theological and biblical reflections are made on the basis for church multiplication, the importance of leaders in this task, a definition of a leader, and on leadership selection and development.
The paper concludes with a strategy for the selection and development of leaders for the future vision of CityLife. A detailed leadership development pathway is presented, defining specific levels of leadership. Consideration is given to leadership requirements and how leaders will be developed at each level. Finally, a three-year implementation plan is given. This plan evaluates and assesses the effectiveness of the strategy.
The outcome of this ministry focus paper is to see the implementation of this strategy of leadership selection and development result in the emergence of dozens and eventually hundreds of new leaders. These leaders will be essential for the outworking of the vision of CityLife to multiply more congregations. As a result, by God’s grace, there will be a greater advancement of God’s kingdom on the earth.
Content Reader: Robert E. Logan, DMin
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Conner, Mark, "A Strategy for Identifying and Developing Pastoral Leaders for CityLife Church" (2009). Doctor of Ministry Projects. 14.